The outspoken golf pro met Katie back in the 90s, but the couple didn’t get married until 2007
AS Ian Poulter tees off at The Open at Royal Birkdale, meet the woman who has stood by him during his 20-year professional career.
Katie and Ian met back in the mid 90s, just before he turned pro in 1995.
A decade married and together for over 20 years, they are one of the longest standing couples associated with the pro golfing world.
Poulter has won two Players’ Championships – considered Golf’s unofficial fifth major. He finished second at the event this year.
Who is Katie Poulter?
Katie was working as a nurse when she met Ian and now the couple live in a plush mansion in the gated community of Lake Nona in Orlando, Florida.
Other residents include fellow professional golfers Graeme McDowell, Justin Rose and current Open champion Henrik Stenson.
How many children do Katie and Ian Poulter have?
The couple have four children together. Katie told Ian they were pregnant with their third child, Lily-Mai, straight after he finished second at The Open in 2008 – the last time the tournament was held at Royal Birkdale.
Their other children are named Aimee-Leigh, Luke and Joshua.
The couple faced a Twitter backlash in 2014 when multi-millionaire Poulter took to Twitter to moan his nanny had been downgraded on a 10 hour flight, meaning his wife would have to deal with their four children alone.
His complaining tweets riled many, with one fan saying: “This is how normal people live.”
Poulter defended his wife by tweeting that Katie was a “brilliant mum”.
He has 2.37 million followers on Twitter at IanJamesPoulter.
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